Southern California

From left: Co-owners Andrew “AJ” Bray and Bob Cornwall and Service Manager Don Moritz strive to make every customer a “Raving Fan.”
Placentia, Calif.—Location, location, location. When Buddy Dubois opened Placentia Super Service in 1978 it was a small shop in an older part of town. However, due to a major renovation project in that area some years later, the shop was able to relocate to its present 14,000-square-foot stand-...
Darrin Ward (left) prepares a repair estimate as owner Felipe Hernandez points out the vehicle damage
Bloomington, Calif.—Owner Felipe Hernandez runs Detail Auto Body by what he says is a coming trend in the collision repair industry: Utilizing outside shops and mobile services for a portion of the repair process instead of having those individuals on staff. “We run a lean shop with only two full-...
The two graphs above show market shares for primary segments during the first nine months of 2015 and 2018.
Sacramento, Calif.—The California new vehicle market is expected to close out the year at elevated sales levels. While there is a slight decline from recent years, new vehicle sales will be at the fourth highest total during the past 11 years and 2018 sales will likely exceed 2009 levels by more...
Sacramento, California – December 18, 2018)CAWA is holding its winter leadership meetings in Napa California next month. Committee and business meetings, social events and guest presenters on contemporary automotive issues will round out the event. There will also be a YANG Regional Meet -Up in...
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIF. (DECEMBER 6, 2018) ­ Classic Industries, the leader in quality restoration parts and accessories worldwide, has  released an all-new catalog for Ford Mustang enthusiasts that will include restoration, customization, performance parts and accessories for all 1964 through...
TIA VP Brian Rigney of Dill Air Controls  with CTDA board member Billy Eordekian at TIA meetings 2018
The California Tire Dealers Association will hold its annual CTDA - Federated New Year Luncheon hosted by 1-800EveryRim – OEM Wheels, on Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 at Geezers Restaurant, 12120 Telegraph Rd., Santa Fe Springs, CA. “With continuing TIA and SEMA participation, the new year luncheon...
Scott Brown (right) says a person that holds a VSC is now called a vehicle security professional.
El Cajon, Calif.—A report from the ASCCA Connected Cars Committee, comprised of ASCCA member shops and National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) board members, was part of the association’s first-ever Connected Cars training session at its recent Team Weekend. “Traditional service...
From left: Ron Fornaca of Frank Subaru, Darryl Holter of Felix Chevrolet, and Todd Blue of indiGO Auto Group, are winners of the 2018 TIME Dealer of the Year award.
Three Southern California new-car dealerships have been chosen among dealerships across the U.S. to receive the TIME Dealer of the Year award for exceptional performance and their tireless efforts to improve their communities and the world around them. Members of the Automotive Trade Association...
Technician Pedro Martinez (left) and Pedro DaSilva, lead technician, confer on a repair order with a smartphone, part of AutoTextMe’s paperless software.
Sherman Oaks, Calif.—Nelson Vargues, owner of Boulevard Auto Repair, said his father, Casimiro Vargues, and Mario Pontes, both Portuguese immigrants, opened Boulevard Mercedes-Benz in Encino in 1975, and five years later moved to its present 10,000-square-foot location in Sherman Oaks. A lot has...
From left: Erick Estrada, co-owner, Veronica Someza, parts locator, and Erick’s father and co-owner, Federico “Fast Freddie” Estrada, focus on body and paint services and outsources other repairs.
Ontario, Calif.—Not every body shop has the same business model. Most want to do everything in-house, but some want to focus on what they do best and develop a network of professionals for the rest of the work. “When my dad, Federico Estrada, who they call ‘Fast Freddie’ because he paints so fast,...

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